Last night, a draft that would overturn Roe V. Wade was leaked and later confirmed by the Supreme Court to be authentic. In the draft, it would rule Roe V. Wade unconstitutional, and although the majority could change if justice were to change their minds, many are confident that the decision is final and would end Roe V. Wade. Now, many on Twitter are voicing their opinions as events unfold, as this is one of the most dividing and controversial issues within the country.
The Supreme Court has voted to strike down Roe v. Wade, according to an initial draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito and obtained by POLITICO.
“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” Alito writes. https://t.co/nl3JFLx9xg
— POLITICO (@politico) May 3, 2022
The news came in the middle of the Met Gala, which many found eerie as people watched the juxtaposition between the breaking news and Met Gala fashion. The leak is unprecedented, and according to Politico, “The court’s holding will not be final until it is published, likely in the next two months” but many are already wondering what the overturn of Roe V. Wade would mean for the future.
The Supreme Court overturning Roe V. Wade while the whole country is distracted by an inconsequential event celebrating extreme wealth is, unfortunately, the most symbolic representation of America rn
— Julia Hava (@binchcity) May 3, 2022
Important to remember: Overturning Roe vs. Wade will impact Americans with the fewest resources, not the wealthy or well-connected
— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) May 3, 2022
It is no secret that abortion is a controversial issue that divides many Americans, with the left often being pro-choice and the right pro-life. So, it is no surprise that on Twitter, many began to express their concerns if it were to be overturned or their approval of the decision. Conservatives are also concerned with the leak, wondering who was behind it and what their reasoning was.
Today, and everyday, would be a good day to overturn Roe v. Wade.
— Kristi Noem (@KristiNoem) May 3, 2022
The leak is not merely about Roe v Wade. Like attempts to pack the Supreme Court, it is part of a political warfare attack on the entire Constitutional judicial branch.
— J Michael Waller (@JMichaelWaller) May 3, 2022
Democrats quickly voiced their opinions not only in support of Roe V. Wade but also warning what the overturn could mean. According to Joe Biden, “The draft opinion calls into question the fundamental right to privacy — the right to make personal choices about marriage, whether to have children and how to raise them.” Many other rulings were based on the right to privacy, like same-sex marriage and contraception, so some were obviously concerned that these rulings would also be called into question.
With Roe V Wade being overturned we are putting so many young and poor people at risk. The foster-care system will flood even more, children will die of abuse & lack of resources, others will take their own lives. I can’t imagine the fear of an unwanted pregnancy with no way out.
— michaela okland (@MichaelaOkla) May 3, 2022
Conservatives, while happy with the potential overruling, worried about the leak and who was behind it. Although nobody besides Politico knows who leaked it, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has officially called for an investigation. Still, many are wondering if there can even be a penalty and if a law was broken.
Sen. Mitch McConnell called for a criminal investigation and charges against whoever leaked the draft Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, escalating conservatives’ effort to focus public attention on the leak itself rather than its substance. https://t.co/5nIutqMOXq pic.twitter.com/SMnu0k3Aue
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 3, 2022
Although nothing is official, many on both sides of the issue have headed to the White House to protest, while many continue to watch the events unfold online.